Saturday, April 5, 2014

Crockpot Au Gratin Potatoes


Au Gratin Potatoes are often a request so here is a recipe you can do in the Crock Pot and they turn out oh so good and cheesy, Remember homemade is always better! Enjoy

What you need:
5 good sized (medium/large potatoes), sliced and julienne 1/4 inch thick or just slice really thin
3-5 strips bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups skim milk, warmed
1/2 cup half and half, warmed
1/4 cup flour
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Butter flavored cooking oil spray

How to make it:
Spray the crock pot with cooking oil spray.  Set aside.
In a small skillet heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat.
Add the onion and cook until soft.. about 5 minutes.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the flour and mix well... cook for
about 3 minutes.. do not let it brown.  Remove from the heat.
Heat the milk and half and half in the microwave to take the chill off.  Add the milk to the
flour/butter mixture slowly, whisking as you add it.  Whisk until smooth and mixture starts to
thicken.
Next add the shredded cheese and whisk until the cheddar cheese is melted.  Add the pepper and whisk to mix.  
Remove from the heat.
Layer in your crock pot a large of ladle of sauce and spread on the bottom of the crock pot.
Lay one layer of potatoes on top of the sauce... sprinkle the potatoes with garlic salt. Sprinkle
with some bacon crumbles and sauteed onions.  Ladle more sauce over the potatoes.
Remember the heat of the crock pot will spread the sauce.
Repeat until all the potatoes, onions and bacon have been layered with sauce.
Pour any remaining sauce over the top.  Cover and set the crock pot on low and cook for 6 hours
to until potatoes are cooked.   Every crock pot is different.. mine heats up very quickly.. if yours
heats up fast.. then you will probably need less time.

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